Istanbul ready to host 2020 Olympics
Istanbul is set to join the race to host the 2020 Olympics after the ciy moved a step closer to submitting the official bid on Wednesday.
Istanbul will try to host the summer Olympics for a fifth time since 2000 after four consecutive failed bids for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Turkey’s Sports Minister, Suat Kilic, told CNN-Turk television on Wednesday that Turkey was set to make its bid for the 2020 Games official, and added: “We are one of the rare countries that can shoulder the financial burden of the Olympics.” Kilic said that a final decision would be made by July 29 after a meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, although the International Olympic Committee’s deadline for applicant city nominations is September 1.
Italy’s capital, Rome, has been officially confirmed as a candidate, with Madrid, which lost in the final round of voting to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games, also a possible contender. Tokyo, could possibly enter the race as well. Turkey is positive that it has a good shot at hosting the Olympics, even though the IOC’s Evaluation Commission Report stated that Turkey’s overall status and finance for the 2008 bid contained uncertainties.
The IOC will select the 2020 host city in 2013.